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Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Most days if you dropped by my house unexpectedly, you might think that a library had exploded inside. There are books on the couch, the bed, the table, going up the stairs. Books are everywhere! As a picture book author, I try to READ as many of the current picture books that I possibly can to help my craft. As a mom, I try to SHARE my love of books with my son. I love learning about his interests and seeing which books are his favorites and why. Below is a list of our top five picture books read during the month of November. We hope...

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Oh the Places You’ll Go . . . If You’re Flexible!

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I received a copy of Dr. Seuss’s iconic classic, Oh the Places You’ll Go, as a high school graduation gift from my parents. It now sits on my three-year old’s book shelf and is an oft-requested choice for bedtime. I’ve always loved the title — and this summer I found myself thinking, “Oh the Places You’ll Perform.” Never in a million years could I have guessed where or for whom I’d be performing when I got started on this crazy journey as a storyteller. But one thing I have learned – the...

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It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

When people ask me what I do, I often respond with, “I’m an interactive storyteller.” But most people (understandably!) have a hard time understanding what that means. Until you’ve seen what I do it can be difficult to describe. For a long time I’ve wanted to add videos to my website to give people a taste of what I do. However, since I use audience participation, I can’t post videos publicly without signed release forms.   After working with a particular school two years in a row on two different residency...

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It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

I never thought I’d find a job I loved as much as being a storyteller . . . then I became a mom. Twice-over! Alejandro joined our family at the end of February and quickly became adored by his big brother, Rafael, and of course his doting parents. He’s an easy-going baby who is always smiling. At 4 months old, he is finding his voice, and while it’s still too early to tell, it seems we may have another storyteller in the family.   There’s so much I could share about what has happened for me over the past few...

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Inspiration and Intersection: More Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program

Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program was so filled with wonderful moments that I couldn’t fit them all into one post! Here are a few more of my highlights: Inspiring and Empowering Someone Else On Saturday an adult woman slipped into the back row at my performance. At the conclusion, she introduced herself and said that she is a teacher at a school in a prison town. Many of her students have family members who are incarcerated and when she heard that I would be telling stories about conflict resolution, she wanted to get some ideas for...

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Leaving a Mark: Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Pogram

Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I was in college, one of my favorite quotes was by Socrates. The unexamined life is not worth living. To me it was a reminder to make time to reflect upon my choices, how I spent my time, the direction I was headed in order to know how to live my best life possible. In educational circles, I believe they call this being a reflective practitioner. Basically, we act/live then examine/reflect. So while I know that the summer is my busiest season (made even busier by the fact that I currently have a 3 year old and a nearly 4 month old at...

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2017 Summer Reading Program Tour Schedule

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

And now, without further ado. . . my summer tour schedule! Below you will find a complete list of the places where I’ll be traveling to perform this summer. I’m excited to return to some places I’ve been before as well as branch out to some new locations. With the exception of the programs listed in italics, all programs are free and open to the public. However, if it’s a library program, you may want to check with the library ahead of time to see if registration is required. I’m excited about this summer’s...

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How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

Over the past two months I had the unique experience of working on story writing and storytelling with two fourth grade classrooms and six ninth  grade classrooms. Some weeks I’d be with the fourth graders one day and the ninth graders the very next day. To say that there was a huge difference in the groups would be putting it mildly. When you walk into a fourth grade classroom as a teaching artist, you are made to feel like a rock star.       “Wahoo!”      “Miss Lindsay is here!”      “Yay!”    ...

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My Friend, Abu Bhakar: A Refugee Story

Posted by on February 5, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are living in difficult times. Polarizing times. Times that would seek to divide us instead of unite. The words ‘refugee’ and ‘immigrant’ have been buzz words in the news lately. It’s probably no secret, based on the work that I do and the people that I share my life with, that both of these words carry a lot of weight to me. Most of the time I don’t say too much because I don’t want my voice to be one that merely adds to the noise and brings division. So I find myself asking the question: How can I...

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Spreading Holiday Cheer: A Lesson Learned from a 2 Year Old

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Spreading Holiday Cheer: A Lesson Learned from a 2 Year Old

This past week my husband, son, and I went out for lunch at one of those fast-food type chains where you choose your meal then go through the line to select your toppings. When we made it to the end of the line, we were greeted by one of the unfriendliest cashiers I have ever encountered. She seemed to have a permanent scowl on her face and didn’t even try to perk up for us. When her smiling co-worker passed her our bowls, she snapped at her – “What is this?” — as she tried to determine how to ring it up. Now whether she is...

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